|April 9, 2014
Contact: Whitney Ray
Phone: (850) 245-0150
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla.—This month marks the 25th anniversary of Florida’s Seniors vs. Crime program, a special project of the Florida Attorney General. Since the launch of the initiative in 1989, the program has grown from just 300 volunteers in five counties to more than 2,000 volunteers throughout Florida. The senior volunteers help fight crime and protect other senior citizens from scams and fraud. The volunteers are called “Senior Sleuths,” and they assist investigators by reporting questionable solicitations, high-pressure sales tactics, and false advertising.
“I applaud these seniors taking the initiative to help catch criminals who prey on Florida’s senior citizens,” said Attorney General Pam Bondi. “By participating in Seniors vs. Crime, these volunteers help make Florida a safer place for people of all ages.”
In 2013 alone, Seniors vs. Crime helped recover $2.7 million for senior citizens who were victims of deceptive and unfair trade practices. The Senior Sleuths even helped resolve a case that resulted in a $1.4 million payout for a single complainant who had allegedly been attempting to reclaim the money for years before contacting the Seniors vs. Crime program.
Last year, Senior Sleuths assisted law enforcement officers in criminal cases that led to at least 21 arrests.
Seniors vs. Crime provides services through 40 main offices and six branches statewide. In 2013, Seniors Sleuths assisted 5,145 Florida seniors and volunteered 34,506 man-hours. To become a Senior Sleuth, you must be over 50 and have a clean criminal history. For more information about how to get involved click here.